- The sale of alcohol has been a touchy subject for South Africans with the ban only recently lifted
- With the relaxation of this ban came certain rules including a limit on which days liquor can be sold on
- Briefly.co.za explores whether or not citizens will risk being arrested for having booze in their car during the no-alcohol curfew
South Africans are finally allowed to purchase alcohol with the migration to Level 3 lockdown.
However, the restrictions saw the sale of alcohol prohibited on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
South African Police Service spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo recently warned that anyone transporting alcohol during this 'off-limits time' would be charged with violating the National Disaster Act:
“Between Monday at 9am and Thursday at 5pm is the only time people are allowed to purchase and transport alcohol for their personal use,” Naidoo said. “Any other time beyond that will be a contravention of the regulations. People must be warned.”
Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar echoed similar views, saying that only licensed traders would be allowed to move alcohol during this time.
Now, TimesLIVE reports that this statement has since been retracted with liquor law expert Danie Cronje retracting his statement.
Cronje revealed that it was only the purchase and sale of liquor during this time that was off-limits, explaining that:
“We can confirm that Naidoo said it is not an offence for members of the public to transport liquor on any day or at any time. Naidoo stated that members of the public are not encouraged to transport liquor during times when liquor may not be purchased as this opens the risk for dealing in liquor outside the prescribed times, but he emphasised that it is not a crime for a member of the public to transport liquor outside these hours."
However, the lawyer warned that police may well attempt to arrest citizens found with liquor in their possession during this time:
“There is nothing in the regulations that prohibits the transportation of liquor by members of the public. I can't say the police won't arrest you because they often interpret the regulations incorrectly, but based on the regulation there is no contravention."
Briefly.co.za reported that it remained unclear what would happen to citizens fined or arrested during the lockdown after the High Court found the regulations to be 'unconstitutional and invalid'.
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